COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Out-of-school club campaign attracts 300 organisations

A campaign to develop a countrywide network of out-of-school clubs for teenagers has attracted more than 300 members since it was launched in October last year.

Kids' Club Network started its Make Space campaign after research revealed that seven out of 10 young people believe teenagers commit crime because there is not enough for them to do. It also showed that half of parents don't know where their teenage child is after school.

The charity carried out research with young people themselves to see if they supported the concept of out-of-school clubs before last year's launch.

Campaign director Harris Beider said: "We've got the message right because of the empirical research we carried out on this issue. Teenagers said they wanted this kind of club."

Youth organisations were informed of the concept through a direct mailing, which was followed by newsletters, briefings and seminars on how they could establish their own space. A national telephone helpline has also been set up.

Local projects can apply for up to £15,000 each from the campaign, which has been funded by Nestle.

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